Seventy three Sri Lankan refugees sheltered in the special camps in Chennai (Tamil Nadu) were repatriated to Sri Lanka with the assistance of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Thursday, the Hindu said.
“We fled Vavuniya in 1990 fearing for our lives. I was nine years old when we came to Mandapam by boat. We want to go back because all our relatives are there,” says a mother of two, who was among the repatriated refugees.
Her husband returned to Lanka five months ago to see whether the situation in Mannar was conducive to them to resettle there. “He said jobs in Sri Lanka are a problem. But we are confident of finding some livelihood as I have learnt tailoring.
We will send our children to school there,” For 26-year-old M. Prakash of Mandapam camp in Rameswaram, who came to Arichamunai by boat in 2007, concern over his future prompted him to decide to return.